File under "things I learned today"... Mosquito Hawks don't eat mosquitoes, or anything else for that matter.
Zach Whitten, of Brain Release Valve and The Great and Secret Thing, has an awesome list of non-superhero graphic novels he recommends... ...and that should take care of my spendin' money for the next few weeks.
Young comedian miraculously recovers from heckler after he starts a bit with "The first time I had sex [pause]..."
While browsing the CNN homepage, I saw this photo and link:
The article that followed is titled Want to keep your child drug-free? Here are five signs of possible trouble.
Thank God, our kids won't turn out like Lindsay Lohan if we just keep them off drugs!
But seriously, these articles should stop mentioning the movies she's been in because nobody saw them and the only way we've heard of this person is because she's on sites like CNN because she does drugs.
CNN evidently saw Lohan's time in jail as an opportunity to re-purpose some stock material to get parents worried about their kids.
But the resources they link to are hilarious. Check out this Drug Guide by Slang from drugfree.org.
It includes the term "fags" for cigarettes, in case your child is on drugs and British, "booze" for... well, booze... in case your child talks like a 50 year old bartender, and "weed" for marijuana in case your kid is not particularly creative.
Also funny is the link to whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/streetterms/ that goes to a blank page.
[Insert "someone somewhere is on some drugs!" joke here.]
A post on Wired yesterday discusses a news report out of Oklahoma claiming that kids are downloading mp3s that cause drug-like effects when listened to. It's called "I-dosing" and it's all the rage, according to the news report and some clips from YouTube in the background.
I'm reminded of the reports of strawberry-flavored meth being sold to children. (It tastes YUMMY and we know kids love snacks!) Obviously the whole thing plays to parents who fear that the internet will corrupt their kids. (It will, just not with mp3s of droning sounds.)
"Digital drugs" sounds like some crazy underworld from a Phillip K. Dick novel but, they're just sound files. So theoretically the same sounds could be played on vinyl, right? I'm pretty sure if there were sounds that actually cause drug-like effects, we would have heard about it a long time ago and Pink Floyd records would be even cooler.
But that's not to say music can't have interesting psychological effects. I've got a good bit of music in my collection that will mess with your head.
(If you haven't heard that name before, Google it.)
He's lucky to be alive. Ever since he was reported to be armed, I thought he'd never see a courtroom.
His court appearance should be a media frenzy and I have a feeling Colton Harris-Moore will be a household name by the end of the week.
Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert in the return of Even Stevphen:
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
Weekly photo lineup contest from The Smoking Gun. Match the arrestee with his/her weapon of choice.
A Fatwa we can all get behind. Fatwa decrees vuvuzela haram above 100 decibels.
Cat steals women's panties from neighbors' clotheslines and brings them home. (Side note: I always get a little tickled when the BBC or any other UK news org uses the term "knickers." Pip-pip cheerio!)
Facebook, you're getting a bit ridiculous.
Update 7.8.10 7.33a:
It's the Friday before a 3-day weekend. That mythic time when the clock moves at half speed, yet you can't get any work done because the people you need to talk to are already on vacation.
So here's some light reading.
A man in Tipton County unearthed the jawbone of an extinct mammoth-like species while digging a swimming pool. (No word on whether or not a frozen Brendan Fraser was also found.)
Mel Gibson is still a racist. Tapes have surfaced of him dropping N-bombs, C-bombs, and all sorts of other bombs in arguments with his former girlfriend. Read the asterisk-filled account here.
more updates to come...
(I should pause first and note that I came across this whole thing via Dan Savage. So, full hat tip to him. It's worth checking out his post about it, which includes lots of good links and analysis.)
Okay folks, this is a little complicated, but it's important.
Pediatric endocrinologist Maria New, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Florida International University, and her long-time collaborator, psychologist Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg, of Columbia University, have been tracing evidence for the influence of prenatal androgens in sexual orientation. [source]
To sum up the science-y stuff: The doctors are offering pregnant mothers a steroid called dexamethasone in an attempt to prevent congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), which can cause the development of ambiguous genitalia in female fetuses. Later in life, CAH women also show less interest in playing with baby dolls, having children of their own, domesticity, and sexual activity with men in general.
Meyer-Bahlburg suggests that treatments with prenatal dexamethasone might cause these girls’ behavior to be closer to the expectation of heterosexual norms. [source]
Doctors Meyer-Bahlburg and New assume that "normal" behavior for women is bound to marital and child-rearing duties and that deviation from that is abnormal and should therefore be cured. Now that they've discovered the correlation with CAH and found a treatment for that, they think they can prevent "abnormal" female behavior prior to birth. In short, it's
the first systematic medical effort attached to a “paradigm” of attempting in utero to reduce rates of homosexuality, bisexuality, and “low maternal interest.”
I'm reminded of those bumper stickers that say "Well-behaved women seldom make history."
If I need to explain any further why this whole thing is ludicrous, offensive, wrongheaded, backward, and... well, sexist... then I don't think I'll waste my time with you.
What's worse is that this is an off-label use of dexamethasone and the women it's being administered to are not enrolled in any sort of formal clinical trial, which would include ethics oversight.
Medicine — capital M — has long been a tool of oppressing women in the West. That is nothing new. But now the technology has arrived to shape sexual interest prior to birth. Needless to say, the procedure will be met with praise in some circles, perhaps even in respected medical communities.
Let's hope the progressive medical community steps up and puts a stop to this.